Coaches claim new NFL staffs like 49ers 'at risk'


Coaches claim new NFL staffs like 49ers 'at risk'

May 25, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comThe NFL's offseason is stuck in neutral because of a labor dispute pitting the owners vs. the players.On Wednesday, the coaches publicly chose a side in the matter.The NFL Coaches Association filed a brief in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the players' antitrust lawsuit designed to force an end to the lockout. The coaches made the claim that they will also suffer irreparable harm with a continued lockout."The burdens of little job security and frequent moves mean that a prolonged lockout would inflict significant economic harm and career risks on the coaches," according to the brief filed on behalf of the NFL Coaches Association.The NFLCA is a non-union voluntary association represents the interests of NFL coaches and assistant coaches, as well as many retired coaches formerly employed by those NFL teams, according to the brief.RELATED: Latest on the NFL lockout
Larry Kennan, the executive director of the NFL Coaches Association, told CSN Bay Area in March that 49ers assistant coaches had it written into their contracts that 20 percent of their salaries would be withheld immediately if there were a work stoppage. The lockout has been in effect since March 12.In August, if there is still a lockout, an additional 20 percent -- or 40 percent total -- will be withheld from the salaries of 49ers assistants, Kennan said.But 49ers assistant coaches would recoup all their losses if no games are lost due to the work stoppage, Kennan said. The 49ers will pay back 10 percent of the money withheld for each of the 49ers' 10 home games that is played this year, he said.Assistant coaches generally sign two-year contracts, and there is little job security, the brief stated. Every two years, approximately 40 to 45 percent of NFL coaches change jobs, according to the filing."(G)iven the imperative to produce immediate results, a lockout also threatens coaches' career prospects," the brief read. "Coaches desperately need time with their players to prepare for the upcoming season. The spring and summer months are crucial both to prepare players physically for the demanding season and also to teach the players the offensive and defensive schemes that will be used throughout the year."NEWS: NFL headlines
The brief suggests that the new 49ers coaching staff is more vulnerable than most of the others in the NFL. New coach Jim Harbaugh, who spent the previous four seasons at Stanford, put together a staff comprised of seven coordinators and position coaches who were not in the NFL last season."The lockout, if left in force, will prevent the coaches from meaningfully preparing and readying themselves for the season," the brief stated. "While all coaches will be exposed to greater risk of failure, the eight teams with new coaching staffs are at particular risk."Since unforgiving expectations for immediate results will persist regardless of any lack of opportunity to prepare, these eight coaching staffs are losing irreplaceable time to prepare for a job that demands success."On April 25, Judge Nelson of the U.S. District Court granted the players' request for a preliminary injection, ending the lockout. But four days later, during the second day of the NFL draft, a three-member panel of the Eighth Circuit granted the NFL a temporary stay. The court later made the stay -- and the lockout -- permanent.The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals announced an expedited appeals schedule for the case with the oral arguments set to take place June 3 in St. Louis.

49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers


49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers

The San Francisco 49ers' defensive line will have a new member coming off of the bye week.

The 49ers claimed defensive lineman Sheldon Day of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. The Jaguars waived Day on Saturday in order to make room for the return of rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook off of injured reserve. 

Day, a 2016 fourth round pick, posted 11 tackles and two tackles in 22 games over the last two seasons with Jacksonville. He played fewer than 30 snaps in all seven games with the Jaguars this season. 

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, defensive tackle Tank Carradine, and defensive tackle Chris Jones are all on injured reserve, while defensive lineman Aaron Lynch missed the 49ers' last game in Week 10.

San Francisco ranks 22nd in the league in sacks, 23rd in pass defense, and 31st in rush defense. 

LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’


LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’

LeBron James is an avid football fan. He's now an even bigger Colin Kaepernick fan than the sport. Following the Cavaliers' practice on Sunday, James opened up on Kaepernick and his absence from the NFL. 

"I've commended Kap, and for him to sacrifice everything for the greater good for everyone, for what he truly believed in, the utmost respect to him," James said to ESPN. "Obviously he had a vision like Martin Luther King and like some of our all-time greats that people couldn't see further than what they were doing at the point and time. And Muhammad Ali and things of that nature."

James believes the masses don't truly understand what Kaepernick was doing when he first took a knee as a protest against social and racial injustices in America. For his actions, James respects Kaepernick choosing his beliefs over his sport.

"When it's something that's new and it's something that people are not educated about or don't understand what your beliefs are all about, people are so quick to judge and people are so quick to say that what you're doing is wrong," James said. "For him to sacrifice the sport that he plays and to sacrifice the things he's done his whole life because he knew what he believed in, I salute him. I salute and respect that."

Add James to the list of those who believe Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL for taking a knee last season. The more games he watches, the more James sees the evidence on the wall. 

"I don't represent the NFL. I don't know their rules and regulations. But I do know Kap is getting a wrong doing, I do know that," James believes. "Just watching, he's an NFL player. He's an NFL player and you see all these other quarterbacks out there and players out there that get all these second and third chances that are nowhere near as talented as him. It just feels like he's been blackballed out of the NFL. So, I definitely do not respect that."

Kaepernick, who recently turned 30 years old, appeared in 12 games for the 49ers in the 2016-17 season. Through the air he completed 59.2 percent of his passes and ended the year with 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Kaepernick also added 468 yards and two more scores on the ground. 

"The only reason I could say he's not on a team is because the way he took a knee," James said. "That's the only reason. I watch football every Sunday, every Thursday, every Monday night. I see all these quarterbacks -- first-string, second-team, third-team quarterbacks -- that play sometimes when the starter gets hurt or are starters that play. Kap is better than a lot of those guys. Let's just be honest."

For his career, Kaepernick has thrown for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns to 30 interceptions. With his speed as a dual-threat quarterback, Kaepernick has also gained 2,300 yards rushing and 13 more touchdowns.